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John Parkin (1903-1947)

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John Parkin (1903-1947)

1948 Obituary [1]

"JOHN PARKIN was works manager and chief engineer to Messrs. Forsters' Glass Company, Ltd., of St. Helens, Lancashire, with the charge of over 2,000 employees. He was educated at the Royal Technical College, Salford, and served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Mather and Platt, Ltd., in Manchester, from 1918 to 1923, in whose employment he continued as a draughtsman for a further five years. He then joined the Ford Motor Company, Ltd., and after two years' experience at the Trafford Park works in Manchester was transferred to Dagenham.

In 1931 he became assistant head of the plant engineering department with responsibility for maintenance and services and also for the design and installation of plant for new processes. In addition his duties involved visits to the Continent for the purchase of plant and equipment. He relinquished this position in 1937 to take up his appointment as chief engineer at St. Helens. Mr. Parkin was appointed works manager a, year before his death, which occurred on 25th May 1947, at the age of forty-four. He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1944."

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